Get to know Ximena Silva-Aguirre ‘20, who served as a CWSP assistant for the Corporate Work Study Program this fall.
After graduating from Cristo Rey in 2020, Ximena decided to move out of state and attend the University of Dayton where she is currently pursuing a degree in Human Rights. Although this area of study was not what she originally started with, Ximena has discovered a passion for advocating for her community and helping make an impact on our society. She describes enjoying the duality of her courses at Dayton and how much her major caters towards her specific interests.
At Dayton, Ximena has also been able to join various student organizations such as the Red Cross Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Latino student organization. Additionally, she is also a member of Alpha Psi Lambda, a co-ed Latino fraternity and has also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain this past summer.
This fall semester, however, was a little different for Ximena as she decided to defer a semester and return to the community she knew she could rely on, her Cristo Rey community. At Cristo Rey, Ximena serves as a CWSP assistant where she helps with our student worker check-ins and steps in as a substitute teacher for our executive functioning and technology classes for freshmen and sophomores.
When prompted about her day-to-day experiences with our students, Ximena shares, “I made it my goal to ensure our students felt like they always got something out of every day they were in class. I learned a lot about myself and how I interact with the rest of the world regardless of age. I enjoy working with students of this age and often found myself giving them advice or anecdotes about my life in college and my life during this semester when I was struggling. They helped me and I helped them, and I thought that’s been a beautiful bond.”
When asked if she has felt an impact from Cristo Rey on both a personal and professional level Ximena responds, “Cristo Rey let me catch my breath this semester. I felt like I had lost everything by having to take the semester off, but the community, staff and students were there to help me. Cristo Rey really encouraged me to push myself and to really dedicate my life to being a woman for others. Thank you, Cristo Rey, for giving me this opportunity to really grow. I never would have thought that I would have wanted to work with teenagers, but I look forward to seeing where this interest takes me!”
Ximena plans to complete her bachelor's degree in Human Rights and potentially pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education. As she prepares to return to Dayton, she shares the following piece of advice for any current student and or Alumni, “Be confident, do what you want to do and run with it, there will always be someone doubting but if you believe in yourself and your ability to preserve nothing can ever hold you down.”
On behalf of the Cristo Rey community, thank you Ximena ‘20 for all your hard work and dedication to our students. We wish you the best of luck as you continue your studies at Dayton! Connect with Ximena on LinkedIn.
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